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The Stoic ethic in practice was mainly a struggle to overcome passion the great enemy of reason and hindrance to virtue Through this Stoics display profound determination and a lack of public emotion However the Epicureans believed that the end of human action is to be free from pain and fear allowing their philosophy of pleasure is our first and native good Epicurean philosophy stresses the fact of self-responsibility and disapproves of the idea of omens and other superstitious acts Emotion or lack thereof superstition and responsibility are evident in both Brutus and Cassius and in the way that their philosophies play into their actions Both Cassius and Brutus have a strong sense of responsibility Yet Cassiuss sense of responsibility is directed more towards himself The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars But in ourselves that we are underlings 12140-41 The fact that Cassius believes in personal responsibility is a reference to his belief in Epicureanism which doubts the existence of higher beings leaving sole responsibility on the person Brutus has a much different approach on where his responsibilities lay It must be by his death and for my part I know no personal cause to spurn at him but for the general 2110-13 Brutuss cause for killing Caesar was for fear of how Rome would become under a dictator while Cassius was merely thinking for himself and how his person would benefit from the death of Caesar In Roman times bad omens and other superstitions were held in high esteem In scene one Casca is horrified that Cassius is unafraid of grim natural portents But wherefore did you so much tempt the heavens It is the part of men to fear and tremble when the most mighty gods by tokens send such dreadful heralds to astonish us 1353-56 To an Epicurean fear of the supernatural is merely something that diminishes ones free enjoyment of life Brutus one who is
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